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Top left: Three prominent ocellated spots form a triangle on the body of Gulf flounder. Top right: On summer flounder, five ocellated spots form a pattern like the five side of a die. Bottom: Southern flounder have non-ocellated spots. Courtesy of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries

Sep 11, 2023

Can You Identify North Carolina’s Three Species of Flounder?

It turns out, most anglers can’t. Luckily, NCDMF has some tips. 

Jul 24, 2023

Who’s Afraid of New Seafood?

Packed with 16g of healthy protein per serving, seasoned catfish skin chips make an impact on consumers. 

Jul 17, 2023

How Have Oyster Reefs Changed Over the Last Six Decades?

In a crucial North Carolina estuary, scientists combed through historical data to better understand how biodiversity and seafood supply have changed -- and will continue to change. 

image: author Ernest Hemingway with Pauline, Gregory, John, and Patrick Hemingway and four marlins on the dock in Bimini, 20 July 1935.

Mar 27, 2023

Have the Mercury Levels Changed in Blue Marlin Since 1975?

A new study on blue marlin reveals whether efforts to reduce mercury emissions have been successful. 

image: juvenile yellow perch.

Mar 13, 2023

Do Fish Consumption Advisories Account for Enough Harmful Chemicals?

New research suggests that fish consumption advisories should account for a broader range of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances that could affect health. 

image: Charleston, SC, 1902.

Feb 13, 2023

Are Fish Remains a Historical Indicator of Household Status?

A new study reveals how wealth and slavery affected the diversity and type of fish that Charleston residents consumed between 1710 and 1900. 

image: Atlantic cracker.

Feb 6, 2023

Will the Big Fish Have Enough to Eat?

A new model shows that in some cases the amount of available forage fish won't meet the needs of predator fish. 

Jan 16, 2023

What Keeps Striped Bass Populations from Rebounding?

Here's why the species hasn’t recovered in the Neuse River. 

Dec 26, 2022

Are the Number of Adults with Shellfish Allergies Increasing?

Research shows that nearly 3% of adults in our country are allergic to shellfish. 

image: Gulf Coast red tide. Credit: NOAA.

Sep 26, 2022

What Can Twitter Tell Us About Red Tides?

A new study compared tweets and scientific counts of algae during a year-long red tide.